Mark D. Belongia is a business litigator with a special focus on advising and defending banks and thrift organizations in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. Mark works with banks of all sizes, ranging from major institutions headquartered in the nation's money centers to regional and small community financial institutions.
In advocating for his clients, which include bank holding companies, financial service affiliates and their joint venture partnerships, Mark regularly interacts with federal and state regulators. He represents clients before the Department of Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In addition, he works with state banking, securities and insurance regulatory agencies.
Mark's business litigation experience focuses on cases in the banking, commercial, sports and entertainment areas. He has represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including white-collar litigation, government enforcement actions and compliance matters. For example, he has defended both individuals and companies in enforcement actions brought by regulatory bodies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). These investigations have included various allegations of unsafe or unsound banking practices, breaches of fiduciary duty, violations of orders, laws, rules or regulations.
Mark describes himself as a great listener - a skill he says too many litigators lack -- whether listening to his client, opposing counsel or judge. Mark takes a calm and centered approach in working with clients facing critical business decisions, often under stressful circumstances. After serving as a sounding board and carefully listening to the business issues at hand, Mark develops a big-picture strategy that makes the most efficient use of the litigation process.